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Boiling Pots Death: Scerbo autopsy (update) 05-29-08

Hawaii Police Department
South Hilo Patrol Section
Lieutenant Mitchell Kanehailua
Phone: 961-2213
May 29, 2008
Report No. C08016511

Media Release (update)

An autopsy conducted Wednesday (May 28) determined that 27-year-old Vincent E. Scerbo of the Ainaloa subdivision in Puna died of asphyxia due to fresh water drowning.

At 12:21 p.m. Tuesday (May 27), South Hilo patrol officers and Fire Department personnel responded to a report of a missing swimmer at Boiling Pots, also known as Peepee falls. They learned that Scerbo had climbed up and was standing under a waterfall when he fell or jumped. He surfaced once and disappeared under the water.

Fire Department personnel, using divers and a rescue helicopter, recovered Scerbo’s body. He was taken to Hilo Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 1:30 p.m.